Buddha Statue - Antique Thai Style Chiang Rung Seated Enlightenment Buddha Statue - 36cm/14"
Measures - (Height) 36cm/14"
An antique Thai style Chiang Rung Buddha seated, in virasana, cross-legged symbol of Serenity, in the Bhumisparsa or 'Calling Earth to Witness' mudra. With fingers slightly touching the ground this position represents the subduing of Mara (a demon) who bombarded Buddha with demons, monsters, violent storms and the three seductive daughters. Remaining steadfast the Buddha testified to his meritorious past by pointing to the earth and calling the Earth Goddess, Thorani.
Rising from the ground the Earth Goddess wrings the water from her long black hair. By this action she raises a torrential flood that drowns Mara and his army of demons. Reflecting this story the mudra symbolizes enlightenment, as well as steadfastness and Buddha's achievement of perfection or nirvana.
The Buddha is unusual in that it is in the Chiang Rung style with lotus leafs showing on the Buddha's head, body and his pedestal. The lotus flower represents purity, compassion and the giving of great joy to all. These also demonstrate the influence of the Shan style on this period and Chiang Rung's subsequent influence on the later Rattanakosin period.
The Buddha is enthroned on a high pedestal. The face is formed of a Sukhothai influenced oval. The Buddha is richly attired. The Buddha has a peaceful countenance with downcast introspective eyes and a firm brow. He has a large Lotus bud ushnisha protuberance on top of his head symbolizing his high level of spiritual development. His earlobes are stretched long from a youth spent as a prince wearing heavy gold earrings.
Each detail is rendered perfectly. The distinctive patina of the piece is also particularly delightful.
This traditional in appearance piece is sure to bring serenity to your home, office or sacred space.
One of the most recognizable of the Asian deities this representation of the spiritual teacher Buddha is sure to enlighten your home with endlessly timeless style.
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Buddha’s teachings are known as “dharma.” Buddhism teaches that wisdom, kindness, patience, generosity and compassion are important virtues.
Here we discuss the meaning behind the dharmachakra mudra or Teaching Buddha.